New York Jets Pick Up Williams Option
The New York Jets will pick up former Alabama football defensive lineman Quinnen Williams fifth-year option on his current contract, according to Jets general manager Joe Douglas.
"We're excited to have Quinnen. This is gonna be year two in a defense that we feel really insinuates his strengths, his positives, and looking forward to him coming back and having a great year," said Douglas.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has been a light to a not-so-stellar defense, averaging: seven pass defended, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 15.5 sacks and has picked up: 136 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 32 quarterback hits.
Williams' rookie contract went for four years, $32.5 million, with a fifth-year option. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
The Birmingham, Ala., native played for the Tide from 2017-2019, picking up: 90 total tackles (55 solo, 35 assisted), averaged 25 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and one pass defended. During his tenure, he became a: 2018 First Team All-SEC, 2018 unanimous All-American, 2018 Outland Trophy winner, and 2017 National Champion.
The New York Jets finished 4-13, fourth place in the AFC East in 2021. According to Pro Football Reference, the Jets had the worst defense ranking last season.